The Moorestown Chapter was organized on 5 July 1917. The meeting was held at the home of Miss Mary McKeen, who was afterward made honorary organizing regent. The Vice Regent was Mrs. Emmerette Sooy. The chapter was named after Moorestown, New Jersey, which is in Burlington County. Moorestown is filled with Revolutionary War sites and history with its involvement in the American Revolution.
The Moorestown Chapter combined with the Isaac Burroughs Chapter in April 2009 and became the Moorestown-Isaac Burroughs Chapter until December 2016, when the chapter went back to The Moorestown Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Some of her accomplishments included:
- Founder and first President of the Camden Woman’s Club in 1894.
- Regent and charter member of the Nassau Chapter, NSDAR (1899-1901).
- 5th president of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (1902-1904)
- Chairwoman of the Women’s Committee in Moorestown (1908) (part of the Burlington County Historical Society) and member of the Loan Exhibition Committee (1908).
- Addressed both the Red Cross and Colonial Dames in Wilkes-Barre, PA, regarding “war babies” and “maternity relief work” during WWI (war babies referred to children fathered by a soldier in war camps and considered illegitimate).
- Factory inspector appointed by the State Labor Bureau (one of two required female inspectors).
- Field secretary for the Camden Playground Commission (1912).
- Founding Regent of the Moorestown Chapter, NDSAR. (1917).
Other interesting information about Mary McKeen:
- She attended the Chicago World’s Fair in June 1893.
- She was a member of the Colonial Dames.
- Her patriot is Jacob Stroud, for whom Stroudsburg, PA is named.